A psychiatric hospital, a community college and a state spending plan for community psychiatric care are among the most significant federal spending increases in state history, according to an analysis by The Center for Responsive Politics.
The Center for Public Integrity reported that the $1.5 billion budget increase for Community Psychiatry and Community Mental Health, which covers state-operated mental health facilities, came after the state’s budget was cut by more than $2 billion in July.
“The state of Massachusetts has done a remarkable job in getting us to this point and we’re grateful for that,” Gov.
Charlie Baker (D) said in a statement about the $832 million increase.
Community Psychiatry and Community Mental Health received $1,539,000 from the state in fiscal year 2018-2019, the same as in the previous year.
CMSH received $837,000 in fiscal 2017-2018, the first increase in the state since 2009-2010.
Baker’s statement was supported by an analysis from the Commonwealth Fund, which found that CMSH had increased spending by more $1 billion in the last five years than in the same period last year.
The Commonwealth Fund study found that community mental health has risen by more the equivalent of $10.8 billion in spending since 2009, with CMSH contributing about $4.2 billion.
The analysis also found that the state is spending nearly $6.5 million more per month per resident for care at CMSH than the state budget office had previously estimated.
The increase in state spending comes after the Trump administration proposed to spend $1 trillion over the next decade to rebuild roads, bridges, schools, bridges and hospitals in Massachusetts.
Baker announced that the federal government will fund $1 million to support communities and communities of color through the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The proposed $1M grant would go toward creating community mental hospitals, providing mental health services for those who are homeless and providing mental-health services to low-income families, the governor’s office said.
The state also has also set aside $50 million to provide support for families of those who die in state-run hospitals.